Dr Tammy Ayres

Lecturer in Criminology

Contact Details

  • Tel: +44 (0)116 252 5700
  • Email: tca2@le.ac.uk
  • Office: Room 2.08, 2nd floor, 154 Upper New Walk
  • Office Hours: By appointment

Personal details


Tammy graduated from the University of Leicester in 2001 with a BSc (Hons) in Sociology and went on to complete an MSc in Criminology (with distinction), here at the Department of Criminology. She then went on to obtain a Postgraduate degree in Law from Nottingham Law School before becoming a research assistant, then a University Tutor and finally a lecturer in Criminology. She is on the steering group for the British Society of Criminology's Critical Criminology Network and she am a member of the Deviant Leisure Research Group. Tammy’s research interests revolve around drugs and terrorism, and she has conducted research for HM Prison Service on drug supply, substance detoxification, self-harm and suicide.

Administrative responsibilities

  • Careers and Employability Tutor
  • Admissions Tutor
  • International Link Tutor



  • The link between drugs and crime
  • Drug policy, legislation and drug treatment
  • Drugs in prison
  • Novel psychoactive substances
  • Terrorism, human rights and narcoterrorism

Tammy has just finished working on two projects. One was an ESRC Seminar Series on New Drugs, while the other was an evaluation of a new domestic violence intervention for female medium risk, repeat victims of domestic abuse. This project was undertaken alongside other colleagues from the Department of Criminology (Dr Rebecca Barnes and Dr Clare Gunby) and in collaboration with Nottingham-based domestic violence agency Equation.


  • Drugs, including drug use in prison
  • Trauma and coping
  • Terrorism and Narcoterrorism


  • Drugs, Crime and Society (Undergraduate year 2 option module)
  • Understanding Terrorism in Contemporary Society (Postgraduate core module)
  • Responding to Terrorism (Postgraduate option module)
  • Drugs and Crime (Postgraduate option module)


  • Taylor, S., Buchanan, J. and Ayres, T.C. (2016) 'Prohibition, Privilege and the Drug Apartheid: The Failure of Drug Policy Reform to Address the Underlying Fallacies of Drug Prohibition' Criminology and Criminal Justice, 16 (4), pp. 452-469.
  • Treadwell, J. and Ayres, T.C. (2014) ‘Talking Prada and Powder: Cocaine Use and Supply among the Football Hooligan Firm’ in J. Treadwell and M. Hopkins (eds.) Football Hooliganism, Crime and Crowd Control: Contemporary Themes in Relation to Research and Theory. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 49-70.
  • Ayres, T.C. and Bond, J.W. (2012) ‘A Chemical Analysis Examining the Pharmacology of Novel Psychoactive Substances Freely Available Over the Internet and their Impact on Public (Ill)Health. Legal Highs or Illegal Highs?’ British Medical Journal Open, 2 (4), pp. 1-10.
  • Ayres, T.C. and Jewkes, Y. (2012) 'The Haunting Spectacle of Crystal Meth: A Media Created Mythology' Crime Media Culture, 8 (3), pp. 315-332.
  • Ayres, T.C. and Treadwell, J. (2012) 'Bars, Drugs and Football Thugs: Cocaine Use amongst English Football Firms' Criminology and Criminal Justice, 12 (1), pp. 83-100.
  • Palmer, E. J., Hatcher, R. M., McGuire, J., Bilby, C. A. L., Ayres, T. C. and Hollin, C. R. (2011) 'Evaluation of the Addressing Substance-Related Offending (ASRO) Program for Substance-Using Offenders in the Community' Substance Use and Misuse, 46 (8), pp. 1072-1080.

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